Looks like cancer survivor and reality-TV star Abby Lee Miller, 53, is getting stronger every day. In an appearance on “The Doctors” that was sure to thrill supporters, the “Dance Mom” instructor shared proud news with Dr. Travis Stork: “I, yesterday, walked 456 steps — with a walker.”Read More
In addition to surgeries, Miller has shared on social media that she “endured ten rounds of chemo therapy (each lasting 6 days with 4/ 24hr bags pumping poison into my body ending with a spinal tap in 3 spots.”
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One year ago today ~ I underwent emergency surgery for an infection in my spine. This mass/tumor choking my spinal cord turned out to be Burkitt Lymphoma. I endured ten rounds of chemo therapy (each lasting 6 days with 4/ 24hr bags pumping poison into my body ending with a spinal tap in 3 spots, plus another shot of Chemo into my tailbone area up the spinal cord around my brain cavity) Ten times! Another spine surgery was needed & I have one more still to go. I struggled thru months of physical therapy to learn to sit up again, to crawl and maybe with a miracle someday I’ll walk. Why didn’t the ER Doctors on duty do their jobs? I came in twice with the same symptoms? Why didn’t somebody listen to me, the patient? I finally found the right team that’s why I lived to tell my story, I have a lot to say! Thank you to all wonderful top notch professionals who continue to help me heal. For those who missed it, misdiagnosed me, and the so called Federal “Doctor” who took me off medication cold turkey and the other ER “Doctor Hollywood” who told me to go home and take it easy for 10 days – STOP practicing! Please ????????
Miller went on to detail more grueling aspects of her treatment in the caption — only to conclude that she was ignored many times by doctors who she claims made the wrong decisions regarding her diagnosis. She also stated that she wouldn’t be alive if she hadn’t been able to find the “right team” to tackle her diagnosis.
But year after she began cancer treatment, after chemotherapy and six spinal taps, Miller told Us, “the cancer’s gone.”
From Crawl to Walk
Of course, she is still dealing with the effects of her treatment. The former dancer and choreographer “struggled thru [sic] months of physical therapy to learn to sit up again, to crawl,” she shared in April 2019 Instagram, post-surgery. “Maybe with a miracle someday, I’ll walk.”
Of her walker-assisted steps, Miller said on “The Doctors,” “I’m thrilled with that.”
She credits weight loss — she’s shed over 100 pounds after having gastric sleeve surgery — with improving her mobility. (She also said she’s had a neck and facelift.)
“I just feel like if I had more of the weight off, I would be walking [more],” she said on “The Doctors.” .To boost her hours in physical therapy, Miller is hoping to return to in-patient rehabilitative therapy setting.
“So I’m trying to get back into one here in L.A. I want to walk out here the next time I come!” she said.
About Burkitt Lymphoma
There are over 68 types of lymphoma, including Burkitt lymphoma, a rare yet aggressive cancer that begins in the immune B-cells (in the bone marrow) and has been known to spread to the jaw, central nervous system, bowel, kidneys, ovaries and other organs.
In a conversation that was not specific to Miller’s cancer, Dr. Catherine Diefenbach, director of Translational Hematology and Clinical Lymphoma at NYU Langone Health and the Perlmutter Cancer Center, previously told SurvivorNet that “Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is not one disease, it’s many diseases.”
Because treatment varies across different lymphoma types, Dr. Diefenbach said “it’s very important that you’re treated by a lymphoma specialist” to determine the best treatment regimen.